As teen girls hang out more with friends eating junk food, they are less likely to get the vitamins and minerals they require. Feed your teenage girl a healthy diet to ensure a steady supply of nutrients at home to balance things.
- Step 1: Clean out the cupboard of chips and cookies and stock up on nutritious grains, hummus, peanut butter, cottage cheese, and cereals for quick snacks. Slice up some raw fruits and vegetables for nibbling on the go.
- Step 2: Make sure they know it's ok to eat desserts and other treats once in a while, as long as these foods are part of a well-balanced, nutritious diet. Educate your daughter about eating sensible portions. Habits formed now carry into their adult life.
- FACT: As of 2010, overweight or obese American kids were 59 percent more likely than other classmates to miss more than 2 weeks of school in a year.
- Step 3: Lay on the proteins like eggs, meats, tofu, peanut butter, and beans. They'll contribute to a healthy muscular system.
- Step 4: Select iron-rich foods for teenage girls, who need 35 grams a day, to boost energy, oxygen, and brain function. Feed them a healthy diet of greens, fruits, meats, and sprouts.
- Step 5: Provide plenty of calcium-rich cheese, low-fat milk, and leafy vegetables for good bones and teeth. For every 5 percent increase in adolescent bone mass, the likelihood of fractures later decreases almost 50 percent.
- TIP: Most teen girls get less than the recommended 700 milligrams of calcium per day.
- Step 6: Know how much your teen should eat: the average girl requires around 2,200 calories a day.